ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER
Native New Yorker Rhapsody James is a BFA graduate of S.U.N.Y Purchase College. She founded her pivotal dance company R.E.D (Rhapsody En Dance) in 2012 after gaining critical success with her multimedia cabaret show Siren Assassins and her Commercial Dance intensive training program Motivating Excellence. James is widely known for her physically strong and expressively fluid dance style. James’ credits include: Beyoncé, Madonna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, J.Lo, Ariana Grande, The Pussycat Dolls, Cassie, P. Diddy, Nicki Minaj and commercials for the NY Lottery, Citron Car Company, and ESPN.
In 2012 James graced the cover of ‘Dancer Teacher Magazine’ as the Queen of Street Jazz and taught at Jacob’s Pillow for the Commercial Dance Intensive. In 2015 James was heralded as #1 choreographer on Huffington Post’s list of ’26 Black Female Choreographers & Dancers You Should Know’. With over twenty years of experience within the dance community including a faculty membership at New York’s renowned Broadway Dance Center, Rhapsody is one of their most popular Street Jazz/ Hip-Hop dance teachers in the world. She also continues to be one of the most sought after choreographers to teach master classes in Los Angeles, Miami, Japan, London, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, and Australia